Minnie and her sister hear about a freedom march and leave their home to go to their city’s downtown area where they listen to Dr. Martin Luther King and join the march, all the while smelling roses.
Angela Johnson and Eric Valesquez do a great job of relaying the huge spectrum of emotions that existed through the civil rights movement in a positive way while keeping the feeling true. Through very real illustrations and immaculate word selection, the readers get a feel for what it was like to be a kid at such a trying time in our history. It’s a very insightful story that is sure to peak the curiosity of the young readers, leading to great opportunities to learn more about unity and kindness.
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels <i>The First Part Last</i>, <i>Heaven</i>, and <i>Toning the Sweep</i>. <i>The First Part Last</i> was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels <i>Looking for Red</i> and <i>A Certain October</i>. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book <i>When I Am Old with You</i>, illustrated by David Soman; <i>Wind Flyers</i> and <i>I Dream of Trains</i>, both illustrated by Loren Long; and <i>Lottie Paris Lives Here </i>and its sequel <i>Lottie Paris and the Best Place</i>, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include <i>A Sweet Smell of Roses</i>, <i>Just Like Josh Gibson</i>, <i>The Day Ray Got Away</i>, and <i>All Different Now</i>. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.
Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem in New York City. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of movies. Growing up in this setting, Eric says, “Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else.”